You know the saying, “It’s like riding a bike, you never forget”? Well, they should add a clause in to that saying somewhere that says it can’t be used around children because you need to learn to ride before you can have a chance to forget and trying to explain that to a 4 (almost 5) year old is no easy task let me tell you.
My niece started school in September and she has reached that ‘inquisitive’ stage where she asks a lot of questions about EVERYTHING. Why is the sky blue? Where do babies come from? Where does the light go when you turn it off? Is the tooth fairy real? Do princesses really live in castles? What does that mean? Her brain, like most childrens’ is a sponge, it constantly absorbs information and soaks up everything around her. She doesn’t miss a trick that girl.
Anyway, she’s noticed the bigger kids riding their bikes or scooters to school and she wants to do the same. She’s never ridden her scooter or a bike on a main road before, so my sister is understandably concerned with her safety and not keen on pursuing the idea, but i think it would be good for her. Kids are always going to fall, crash, slip and tumble… It’s all part of being a kid, it’s how they learn, how they discover and how they explore the world around them. I think as long as they are closely supervised, are wearing the correct protective equipment and the appropriate safety measures are in place, a controlled level of risk is good for them and the health benefits of cycling certainly outweigh the risks. I could be wrong, that’s just my opinion.
Whilst looking in to it in more detail for her, I did come across this infographic created by Osbornes , which contains some very interesting facts and outlines both the benefits and dangers of cycling.
How do you feel about young children cycling on main roads/to school? When do you think is the right age to encourage cycling?
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